MFA, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California, USA
Currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
America Meredith, a Swedish-Cherokee artist, earned her MFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute and her BFA from the University of Oklahoma. Ms. Meredith blends traditional styles from Native American and Europe with imagery from pop culture. Her influences range from Mississippian shell engravings, 1960’s cartoons, the Arts and Crafts Movement, and the Bacone Style or Studio Style of painting. She is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation and is a member of Squirrel Ridge Ceremonial Ground in Kenwood, Oklahoma. The Cherokee language and syllabary (written symbols to represent the oral language) figure prominently in her work, as it is the strongest visual imagery unique to her tribe. She works in a variety of media, including pen and ink drawings, fumage (using smoke to create images), monotypes, and linoleum block printing, but her primary focus is painting, working in acrylic, egg tempera, gouache, and watercolor. She has shown throughout the United States and in Canada and Europe, including the Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Design and the United Nations Headquarters. In the last 15 years, she has won numerous awards at the Heard Museum, SWAIA's Santa Fe Indian Market, the Cherokee Heritage Center, and other competitive shows. She was a National Museum of the American Indian artist fellow in 2009, won the IAIA Distinguished Alumni Award for Excellence in Contemporary Native American Arts in 2007, and was voted Santa Fe Weekly’s Painter of the Year in 2006. In addition to her art, Ms. Meredith is active in her community, working to promote Cherokee language, art, and culture. She is also instrumental in bringing the art of other Native Americans to the forefront. She works as an independent curator, lecturer, a professor of Native American art history, and is a member of the Cherokee Arts and Humanities Council, a community-based organization in Oklahoma. She is also the author of a blog on Native arts, www.ahelenia.com.
For more information, go to: http://ahalenia.com/america/